Highland District Hospital held its annual Brake for Breakfast Wednesday morning in observance of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to HDH, more than 500 vehicles lined up in the hospital’s parking lot to pass by the drive-through booth decorated in bright pink. The passengers were handed a bagged breakfast, and a pink bag containing a free gift as well as information on breast cancer, cancer facts, and the importance of getting mammograms.
Included in that line of vehicles participating were a number of the Hillsboro City School’s bus fleet.
According to Ron Ward, transportation supervisor at Hillsboro schools, the bus drivers turned out to show their support, with the blessing of superintendent Jim Smith. He said the drivers have participated in the awareness event for a number of years when it has been possible.
HDH is partnering with the Highland County Health Department so that eligible women of Highland County age 40 and older can get a no-cost mammogram. Additional criteria are that a woman has had no previous problems with either breast and has no insurance, limited insurance, or a high deductible.
According to information provided at Wednesday’s event, more than 231,000 women in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. The information includes that more than 203,000 deaths have been prevented over the last 24 years due to detection and treatment.
The dates for the screenings at HDH are Nov. 6 and 7, and March 11 and 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on all dates. Financial counseling, primary care provider coordination, and the Freestore Foodbank will also be available on those dates.
Preregistration is required and must be done a week prior to the date of the screening. To preregister, call 937-393-1941.
The HDH Imaging Center has utilized digital mammography since the equipment’s installation in March 2013. According to the hospital’s website, a yearly mammogram is one of the best defenses a woman has against breast cancer.
According to HDH, a screening mammogram can be scheduled without a physician’s referral by patients who are 35 years of age or older and who are symptom free and not pregnant or breast feeding. For more information about the imaging center, go to hdh.org. Call 937-393-MAMMO (6266) to schedule a mammogram.
For more information about cancer, including statistics and prevention tips, go to cancer.org.
Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.